Most Common Medical Terms on Grey’s Anatomy and Their True Meaning


Okay, so maybe the E.R. is not actually quite as busy as they portray it to be on Grey’s Anatomy…

A real hospital probably doesn’t get 100 car crash victims or burn victims at once, every other week, like they do in this medical drama.

But, as far as the sayings and medical terms used on Grey’s Anatomy – those are about as accurate as it gets.

So, did you know you were actually getting a biology lesson while crying over Dr. McDreamy’s death?

Well, kind of, you hear the terms, not the definition, but here is what they mean…

Most Common Medical Terms

  1. “Push one of epi”

    The term “epi” actually is a shortened version of Epinephrine – a medication that increases and strengthens the heartbeat. It is commonly used to treat a number of common conditions including superficial bleeding, cardiac arrest, and anaphylaxis.

    Tip: Next time you are looking for a drinking game, watch Grey’s and take a drink every time they say this quote. It’ll get the job done in no time!

  2. “10-blade”

    So, Meredith is in the O.R. and as she begins she sternly yells out, “10-blade!”

    A 10-blade is a surgical instrument with a curved cutting edge. Typically, it is used for making small incisions in skin and muscle.

  3. “He/She is in V-Fib”

    This always seems to occur in a tragic scenario… Well, because it is tragic.

    Formally known as ventricular fibrillation, v-fib is a condition where the heart beats with rapid, electrical impulses.

    Ultimately, the heart chamber begins to quiver instead of pump blood, blood pressure plummets, and the organs lose blood supply – not good.

  4. “Start a central line.”

    This basically means to enter a thin, long, and flexible tube into the patient via the arm or chest to give them medicine, nutrients, blood products, and fluids over a period of time.

Are you feeling like a surgeon yet? Me too! Medical school here I come {only kidding}.


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